Latest stories: South Africa

Bishop Joseph Kizito, Bishop of Aliwal Diocese in the Ecclesiastical province of Eastern Cape, South Africa. /

Inside New Bishop’s 100 Days “of prayer and growth” at a South African Diocese

The ordination of Bishop Joseph Kizito as the Local Ordinary of Aliwal Diocese in the Ecclesiastical province of Eastern Cape, South Africa in February was the highlight of the Ugandan-born Prelate’s life.

The late Archbishop Emeritus of Lesotho’s Maseru Archdiocese, Bernard Mohlalisi. /

Southern Africa Bishops Eulogize Prelate Who Offered Apartheid Exiles “spiritual care”

Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa have eulogized the late Archbishop Emeritus of Lesotho’s Maseru Archdiocese, Bernard Mohlalisi, recalling with appreciation his pastoral service to the people of God in Lesotho and offering “hospitality and spiritual care” to exiled South Africans during the apartheid regime.

Wilfrid Fox Cardinal Napier, Archbishop of Durban and President of Caritas South Africa. /

Win for Poor “self-esteem, self-respect”: South African Cardinal to Caritas Coordinators

A South African Cardinal has urged Coordinators of the development and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops in the country, Caritas South Africa, to be bold in addressing the plight of the poor in the 22-diocese nation and “win for them self-esteem and self-respect.” 

Archbishop Stephen Brislin, the Liaison Bishop of the South Africa-based Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DPHI). /

South African Catholic Institute Calls for Ceasefire in Cameroon’s Anglophone Region

The leadership of the South Africa-based Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DPHI) has joined global leaders including Pope Francis, the United Nations Chief and members of the Global Campaign for Peace and Justice in Cameroon (GCPJC) in calling for a ceasefire in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions.

Bishop Sylvester David,  Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cape Town, South Africa. /

Faith Leaders in South Africa’s Western Cape Designate “solidarity time” with Bereaved

Faith leaders in South Africa’s Western Cape (WC) Province have designated midday Wednesday of every week as a moment for the people of God in the Ecclesiastical region to show their solidarity with those who have lost their loved ones during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Radio Veritas South Africa now airing programs of Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) following a temporary interruption of the radio station’s normal programming after its manager tested positive for COVID-19. /

EWTN Keeping Church in South Africa Engaged after Temporary Closure of Catholic Radio

Ardent listeners of Radio Veritas, the only Catholic radio in South Africa, are being treated to hours of Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) content following a temporary interruption of the radio station’s normal programming after its manager tested positive for COVID-19.

Late Bishop Patrick Zithulele Mvemve, Bishop Emeritus of Klerksdorp Diocese in South Africa who died Monday, July 6, 2020 / Bishop Victor Phalana of Klerksdorp Diocese

South African Clergy, Laity Eulogize Late Bishop as "servant leader, second chance Bishop"

Clergy and the lay faithful in South Africa have paid glowing tributes to the late Bishop Patrick Zithulele Mvemve who was, until his resignation in April 2013, the Local Ordinary of South Africa’s Klerksdorp Diocese, remembering him as a “servant leader (and) Bishop of the second chance” who “loved sodalities.” 

(Left) The original church of the Most Holy Redeemer, built in 1921. (Right) Stigmatine Fathers Michael D’Annucci (left) and Charles Mittempergher, who served the mission in Mmakau for many years after their ordinations. Fr D’Annucci was murdered in a hijacking in Pretoria in December 2001 (he was declared a martyr in 2002); Fr Mittempergher died in Italy in December 2017. / The Southern Cross.

Why July is a Special Month for Pretoria’s First Black Catholic Parish

The Most Holy Redeemer, a Catholic Mission in South Africa’s Archdiocese of Pretoria, will, in a few months, mark 100 years of existence as the first Catholic Mission that was constructed by black people to serve those who lived in the villages on the outskirts of the city.

Activists protest against Gender-based Violence and Femicide in South Africa. /

What Church Leaders in Southern Africa are Doing to Tackle Gender-Based Violence

The leadership of the Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has, in an interview with ACI Africa, shared what  Church leaders in the region are doing to fight gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF) in South Africa, which has spiked in recent times.

Israeli settlements in the West Bank. /

South African Churches Petition Vatican, WCC to Intervene in West Bank Takeover by Israel

Representatives of the various Christian denominations in South Africa have appealed to the Vatican and the World Council of Churches (WCC) to intervene in Israel’s plan to take over the West Bank, a landlocked territory claimed by both Israel and Palestine.

Archbishop Stephen Brislin (right) presents Msgr Barney McAleer (left) with a framed certificate in gratitude for his work in Southern Africa. /

“COVID-19 pandemic will come to pass,” South Africa-based Cleric at Priestly Anniversary

An Irish missionary Cleric serving in South Africa has, on the occasion of his 56th Priestly anniversary recently marked, shared a message of hope amid COVID-19 global pandemic, inviting the people of God on the continent to remain optimistic because the coronavirus “will come to pass.”

A poster for the official presentation of the first draft report on Family and Relational Poverty by the International Family Monitor on Tuesday, June 23. / International Family Monitor

The African Family is Suffering in Silence, Scholars Establish in Inaugural Study

The family, in its fragile nature is suffering in silence, scholars from African Catholic institutions who joined their colleagues from other parts of the world for a virtual meeting that was streamed from Rome have said.

Lesotho-based Cleric Reflects on COVID-19 Challenges, Anticipates Reopening of Churches

A Priest in Lesotho has shared about the “unprecedented challenge” occasioned by COVID-19 preventive measures aimed at minimizing contagion.

Convent in South Africa Turned into COVID-19 Quarantine Facility as Fifth Nun Dies

The convent of the Congregation of the Precious Blood Sisters in South Africa’s Catholic Diocese of Umtata has been turned into a COVID-19 quarantine facility after a fifth member of the congregation succumbed to the new coronavirus.

On the International Day of the African Child (DAC) marked annually on June 16 since its inauguration in 1991. /

Day of the African Child: Young People Urged to Sacrifice “to shift narrative, destiny”

On the annual event of the International Day of the African Child (DAC), known as the National Youth Day in South Africa where the event was born, the Catholic Bishop heading the Justice and Peace Commission of the three-nation Bishops’ Conference has urged the youth to be ready to make sacrifices that can “pave the road to change, shifting our country’s narrative and destiny.”

Four members of the Religious Congregation of the Precious Blood Sisters who succumbed to COVID-19 in South Africa's Umtata Diocese. /

Four Nuns Who Succumbed to COVID-19 in South Africa “were generous servants of the Lord”

The leadership of the Catholic Church in South Africa has described the four members of the Religious Congregation of the Precious Blood Sisters who succumbed to COVID-19 as “generous servants of the Lord” who died “in a very short period of time.”

Bishop Victor Phalana,  Chairperson for SACBC Justice and Peace Commission. / SACBC

Inspired by COVID-19 Response, Southern Africa Bishops Rethink “approach to GB violence”

Catholic Church leaders in Southern Africa are calling for a change of approach in tackling the increasing cases of gender-based violence (GBV), proposing an “aggressive and holistic approach” that brings together various stakeholders in the way COVID-19 is being fought against.

Archbishop Buti Joseph Tlhagale of Johannesburg Archdiocese in South Africa. /

“Donate more than your normal amount to assist the needy”: South African Archbishop

The Archbishop of South Africa’s Johannesburg Archdiocese has appealed to the faithful in his jurisdiction to continue supporting the initiatives of the local church, going beyond their “normal amount” so that the growing list of needy parishioners can be catered for amid protracted COVID-19 restrictions.

Members of the National Church Leaders’ Consultation (NCLC) in South Africa. /

“Main challenge facing South Africa now is saving lives”: Church Leaders in South Africa

Leaders of various Christian denominations in South Africa have, in a collective statement, identified the saving of human life amid COVID-19 as “the main challenge” the people of God in their country are facing and called for a response that is “holistic and humane.”

Archbishop Stephen Brislin of Cape Town, South Africa. /

“It is unwise to open churches at this time for public worship”: South African Archbishop

Days after two Local Ordinaries in South Africa announced the postponement of the reopening of churches in their jurisdictions, the Archbishop of Cape Town has also made a similar announcement, saying it is unwise to gather amid increasing COVI-19 infections in the country.